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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has cleared a Newport Beach homeowner of any criminal wrongdoing for shooting and killing an intruder who broke into his home in August. At approximately 4:10 a.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021, 23-year-old Henry Lehr left a residential detox center. Before he left, Lehr …continue reading

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The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) invites public comment on a draft formal opinion advising judges on ethical considerations when providing feedback to attorneys on their courtroom performance. In a draft advisory opinion posted on the committee’s website, the committee concludes that the Code of Judicial Ethics …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for September 26 through October 02 include an arrest in Seal Beach, a safety zone in Huntington Beach, and an OC scam. Top Ten Stories for September 26 through October 02 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts and …continue reading

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Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) announced today his bill to create and extend protections for children in family court advanced from the State Legislature and will head to Governor Newsom’s desk for his signature. SB 654 passed the Senate Floor with unanimous support. SB 654 would require judges to make findings …continue reading

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The Dhillon Law Group, Inc. (@dhillonlaw), on behalf of California voters Carla Endow, Lisa Long, and Marllus Gandrud, filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit A.W. Clark v. Weber, which seeks to render California’s recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom unconstitutional while over a million ballots have already been …continue reading

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The California Rental Housing Association (CalRHA), representing over 19,000 rental housing providers with nearly 537,000 rental units, filed a lawsuit against the State of California in the federal district court for the Eastern District of California (Sacramento). Joined by two individual rental housing owners, CalRHA challenges the constitutionality of AB …continue reading

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The 1976 rape and murder of a 19-year-old Garden Grove nursing student has been solved by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Garden Grove Police Department through the use of investigative genetic genealogy. Terry Dean Hawkins has been identified as the person responsible for the rape and murder …continue reading

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Jennings Ryan Staley, a physician who attempted to profit from the pandemic by marketing a “miracle cure” for COVID-19, pleaded guilty in federal court, admitting that he tried to smuggle hydroxychloroquine into the United States to sell in his coronavirus “treatment kits.” Staley, the former operator of Skinny Beach Med …continue reading

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Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the California Judicial Mentor Program, a statewide undertaking between the executive and judicial branches to advance the shared goal of an inclusive judiciary that reflects California’s diversity. Comprised of an Appellate Court Mentor Program and a Trial Court Mentor Program, the initiative aims to demystify …continue reading

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Christina Smith, 38, who was on parole and had previously been incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges for the submission of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims to the California Employment Development Department (EDD) in …continue reading

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A former Orange County chiropractor was found guilty by a jury of federal criminal charges accusing her of defrauding health insurers by fraudulently submitting and causing to be billed $2.2 million in billings for chiropractic services never provided, bogus medical diagnoses, office visits that never occurred, and medical devices falsely …continue reading